Cammell Laird’s ship repair division experiences significant growth

Cammell Laird’s commercial ship repair division has experienced significant growth towards the end of 2023, up by 50% from this time last year.

In the last two months alone, the facility has welcomed more than 11 vessels for ship repair works – including new and returning customers.

Cammell Laird now operates as part of the wider APCL Group of shipbuilders and shiprepairers – which has helped the movement of vessels across all four facilities.

In addition to the company’s recent shipbuilding contract with Mersey Ferries, Cammell Laird also undertook the Royal Iris of the Mersey’s annual maintenance works which included overhaul on both rudders, pulling of both shafts, new seals and steelwork inserts on her hull.

Other vessels include returning customer Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s Manannan, Boskalis’ Deo Gloria, Svitzer Pembroke, Boskalis Freeway, Svitzer Surrey, Calmac Ferry the Lord of the Isles, and Vos Patriot.

Mike Hill, Managing Director of Cammell Laird, said, “I am delighted to see our commercial division so busy which is up 50% from this time last year.

“Over the past few months we have seen significant growth and dock utilisation across as well as having multi-ship, multi-year framework agreements in place with several customers.”

“It is a fantastic end to 2023 and we look forward to welcoming further vessels in 2024.”

The news comes after Cammell Laird announced in December that it had “turned a corner” and is back in profit as it continues to navigate its way out of challenging years. 

Addressing maritime industry representatives at the monthly Mersey Maritime Face-2-Face networking event in December, Cammell Laird Managing Director Mike Hill said the business had undergone a “complete overhaul” over the past couple of years.

“We had to think about where we were as an organisation. We had some questions to answer. What was our strategy going forward? 

“But we felt as an organisation that we had an obligation to our workforce and the wider maritime region. So we set ourselves on a journey of growth within the manufacturing / new build sector.

“We had the capability, we had the infrastructure, we had the highly skilled people, we had the aspiration and the drive and commitment of the workforce and equally from our supporting shareholders. 

“We had to look at where we could strengthen ourselves as a business. It was a journey of overhaul from senior management across all aspects of the business. 

“And that created significant opportunity within. There are lots of people who have come through the business. 

“We also had to do a lot of outward assessment – at the supply chain. It was about asking if they still have the same commitment and drive to join us? There was lots of external engagement. They are key to our delivery. 

“After all this, we stand here today and we have completely turned the corner. It is fair to say that with efforts from everyone that we are in an operational profit right now and we have an order book across various sectors that is multiple years.” 

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